I'm trying to create a batch of email messages using data from a Google Sheets.

The Sheets has these columns: name, email address, message

I tried 2 google Add-ons: Yet Another Mail Merge (uses Gmail for the mail composition) and Merge by Mailchimp (uses Google Docs for the mail composition).

With both, the same issue occurs: the generated emails do not respect the linebreaks, and so the message is just one big chunk of text, aweful to read at.

Do you know of a way to solve this?

I've tried this, and it almost worked (with YAMM, it did not work with MbM): have a "before" column with <pre> as value and another "after" column with </pre> as value.

And then, in the mailmerge, inject <<before>> <<comments>> <<after>>

But that create another problem: many emails have their body trimmed for some strange reason. I'd rather solve this inside Google Sheets if possible.

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    by hitting CTRL+RETURN
    – pixeline
    Jan 16, 2015 at 7:10

1 Answer 1


You can use Yet Another Mail Merge to produce what appears to be line breaks by breaking up the message content into different columns.

Wherever you need to see a line break, insert a column with a Break # header. The cells below the header in that column should be blank.

  1. In Google Sheets for instance, your columns might end up looking like this:

    Email Address, P1, Break 1, P2, ​Break 2, P3, ​Break 3 and P4

  1. In Gmail, compose the draft message like this. Also, make sure the font size for the breaks is set to small.

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  1. Send yourself a test to verify. Here's the result I got with this configuration.

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  • I considered that but that would lead to too many columns and is really not practical. But in the meantime, after I submitted the issue to them, YAMM fixed the issue. I will accept your answer since what you propose is a conceptually valid solution. Thank you!
    – pixeline
    Jan 21, 2015 at 8:42
  • Great to hear YAMM fixed the issue. Wish I could give you your bounty points back.
    – rahi
    Jan 21, 2015 at 11:46
  • no worries, you deserved it.
    – pixeline
    Jan 22, 2015 at 17:03

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